Sunday, September 21, 2014

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Hopkins and Jessica Weiss
Produced by Smith Street Stage

Nomination: Julius Caesar is nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Play

            Photos by Chris Montgomery

About this Production

With one eye on ancient Rome and the other on a modern America this production of Julius Caesar (featuring a female Caesar) shed new light on the play's political themes. Melding sleek contemporary dress and live original music with highly skilled classical acting, Brooklyn's fastest growing Shakespeare company had a very modern look at the tale of political ambition, personal betrayal and the most famous assassination in human history.

"How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over, in states unborn and accents yet unknown!"

Producer Beth Ann Hopkins talks about the modern production of an ancient political drama.


What was the most challenging part of working on this production?

Beth Ann: Producing outdoor theater always has it's challenges. Weather and what not. But we try to embrace those as opportunities. For instance, one show we had to shut down because of the rain and a rainbow appeared over our stage. We had a nature created proscenium arch right there. That will never happen inside.

What was the oddest thing that happened during this production?

Beth Ann: Minor celebrities are starting to come to our productions and tweet about us during the show. That's odd and a little cool.

What did you want the audience to come away with after watching your production?

Beth Ann: With a sense that Shakespeare’s writing and themes, can always be connected to our modern times and troubles.

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